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karzai is noticeably absent. he is in iran and in a meeting with the iranian president rohani earlier today. he said iran opposes the presence of all foreign troops. karzai has refused to sign the agreement between afghanistan and the united states to protect american troops if a small group of them remain in the country to train afghan forces passed 2014. cbs news state department is traveling with the secretary and he told her about a half hour ago that if karzai does not sign this agreement, we may have no alternative but to leave. >> 2,000 americans have died here, billions of dollars have been spent and yet the president of this country is putting off signing this agreement. that has to be incredibly frustrating. >> well, it is, except for this. the group which represented thousands of citizens and leaders in average met a couple of weeks aguilera you know overwhelming leap, over 90% of those people strongly supported a u.s. partnership past 2014 along with our partners. >> the president says he's not going to sign it until the spring even they they appbmh it. >> i think the more
is a possibility if president karzai does not sign the security pact allowing troops to stay past 2014. >> it's a very real possibility because if we don't have a bilateral security agreement which i have noted, that means we can't protect our forces that would be here after 2014. no international partners will come. afghanistan essentially will be alone. but we have no other option. >> reporter: american people look at this, all the blood, all the treasure. they here things that karzai says about adding new demands before he signs a security agreement, just a refusal to comply. why can't americans look at that and say it's just not worth it. >> i think that it is a legitimate question, that we should ask that question. is it worth it or not worth it? it needs to be asked and especially in a representative government, a democracy those questions must be asked. so it is now up to president karzai to make a decision. >> reporter: did the u.s. miscalculate in thinking he could be a partner? >> well, he has been a partner. >> reporter: but he surprised the u.s. i'm going to sign this thing, and h
if president karzai doesn't sign a security pact allowing them to stay until 2014. >> it's a very real possibility because if we don't have a bilateral security agreement which i've noted, that means we can't protect our forces that would be here at 2014. no international partners will come. afghanistan essentially will be alone. but we have no other option. >> american people look at this, all the blood, all the treasure. they hear things that hamid karzai says, adding new demands before he sign this security agreement, just a refusal to comply. why can't americans look at that and say it's just not worth it? >> i think that is a legitimate question, that we should ask that question, is it worth it or not worth it. it needs to be asked. especially in a representative government, a democracy, those questions must be asked. so it is now up to president karzai to make a decision. >> did the u.s. miscalculate in thinking he could be a partner? >> well, he has been a partner. >> but he surprised the u.s. saying he was going to sign this thing and he didn't. >> we were surprised. and then t
with crimes. these status of forces agreements are essential. and if karzai will not sign the agreement, then our hands are tied. the president's hands are tied. on the other hand, they have an election norah, in the spring. karzai will not be in office anymore. and some think, including the chairman of the senate armed services committee, carl levin, that we need to wait because even if karzai signed it we can't rely on him going forward because he'll only be in office a few more months. we maybe should try to tread water until a new president is elected in afghanistan in the spring. >> let's talk about as we're wrapping up the end of the year the latest polls are coming out calling this the worst congress ever saying it's the least productive. what do you say to that? is there a way to not blame the other guy? >> we all need to take responsibility. that's one of the things frankly folks at home get really irritated at is no matter what goes wrong we're so anxious to say it's their fault. in washington we're good at that, blaming the other guy, because this is a
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